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Everton sell Bernard to Sharjah; continue retooling under Rafa Benítez

Everton sell Bernard to Sharjah; continue retooling under Rafa Benítez

Everton continues to reshape and retool their first-team squad under new boss Rafa Benítez this summer, with confirmation having arrived that Brazilian winger Bernard has been sold to UAE outfit Sharjah FC.

Bernard, once highly-touted during a successful period with Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk, never got going during his time at Goodison Park after arriving at the club on a free transfer back in 2018.

All told, the Atlético Mineiro youth product only scored 8-goals and registered a further 7-assists across a combined 84-appearances for Everton in three seasons. With Benítez in and keen to restructure the team in line with his image, it was always expected that Bernard would rapidly head for the exit door. The Brazilian was close to completing a move away from the club in January, to another UAE club in Al-Nasr, but negotiations collapsed before anything could be finalized.

Bernard will now link up with his new teammates in a competition that has formerly featured the likes of Asamoah Gyan, Marcus Berg, and Mirko Vučinić.

Everton has already begun to bring in wide players at their new boss’ request this summer, with the club sealing deals for both Andros Townsend on a free transfer, and Demarai Gray for just 2-million Euro in the past 48-hours.

With England international Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Brazilian spark-plug Richarlison remaining as the main goalscorers at the club, Benítez has done well to target the wide areas as a focal point for necessary upgrades this summer. The Toffees have sought out value that comes with the requisite end product to keep the supply lines open to the forward pair.

Townsend’s experience in the Premier League and ability on his day should prove a valuable asset to Benítez, with Gray still aiming to hit the heights so many expected him to reach during his breakthrough years at Birmingham City, which eventually earned him a move to Leicester City in 2016.

Everton remains interested in further deals in the market, particularly for Napoli center-back Kalidou Koulibaly.


This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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